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Israeli forces raid Jenin-area village, detain 5 Palestinians, including 12-year-old boy

Aug. 5, 2017 2:52 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 5, 2017 10:52 P.M.)
Israel raid on Palestinian house (File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided the village of Yaabad in the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin on Saturday, as clashes broke out between the Palestinian residents and Israeli armed forces, while at least five Palestinians were detained, including a 12-year-old boy.

Yaabad Mayor Samer Abu Bakr told Palestinian news agency Wafa that Israeli forces raided the village after midnight, causing clashes to erupt between Palestinians and Israeli forces.

Israeli forces reportedly fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at the residents, causing several Palestinians to suffer from tear gas inhalation.

Abu Bakr also reportedly said that a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was “taken from his home,” presumably detained by Israeli forces for interrogations. However, Abu Bakr did not provide Wafa with further details of the incident.

According to Wafa, four other residents of Yaabad were detained and transferred to interrogations at the Israeli Dutan checkpoint south of the village, and were eventually released.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the detentions and clashes in the village.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a biweekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course of 2016, according to UN documentation.

Prisoners' rights group Addameer estimated that 6,128 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of July, including 450 without charge or trial and 320 minors.
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